ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reviewed 2/25/13. Thanks to Momar42 for the 12 oz bottle! Poured into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a golden orange color with a ton of yeast particles floating around. The head is a two finger white shade. Both texturing and retention are pretty damn good, and the lacing left by the receding head is quite attractive as well. Pretty face, ugly body, letís split the difference here.
S: I do notice a bit of rye to it, along side some piny, herbal hops. The hop profile seems to fit the rye malt quite well. It becomes a bit maltier as it warms up, and grows a biscuity component as well. Aromatically, it could be a little less muted.
T: One thing that lets me down right from the onset is the lack of distinctive character to it. It starts and finishes with a combination of earthy, spicy malts and piny hops. After a while, the finish will develop a grassy hop quality to it that I enjoy somewhat. This really is the type of beer more conducive to simple drinking than actual reviewing...
M: Rougher than I like, which is exasperated by the coarse yet strong carbonation and fuller body. The back end is quite clean and crisp; so maybe this would be good in the summer time?
O: Not bad - but Iím certainly not smitten with it. Itís too sharp in feel for its nondescript flavor profile.
1pintatatime (107) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep gold with thin white head. Just hints of the rye. I also taste a bit of apple before a nice crisp but not overly bitter finish. Very drinkable.
HIGHB4LL (823) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
16 oz. can from Cash Wise Liquors in Wotford. Appearance: figner white head, golden color, clear, good lacing. Aroma: floral, caramel, grapefruit, pretty grassy hops. Palate: light body, average carbonation, bitter finish, lightly sticky texture, but mostly crisp. Taste: sweet caramel with notes of citrus into grassy and floral bitter hops with notes of grapefruit, very smooth. Overall, very smooth beer, very refreshing, nice beer.
FestDecBeet (412) - - APR 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Look: pours aight orange. Bright white head. Slight haze to it.
Smell: malty. Pine hops. Rye.
Taste: malty. Rue. Sweet malts. Slight pine. Grass. orange.
Feel: dry. Easy drinker.
Overall: nice beer. Not as big of rye bight as I thought.
First drank: home 4/30/15
Foxbush (1452) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Urban Tavern The ale poured a clear light amber color with a thick white head and lacing. You detect floral citrus and resin on the nose. The taste is more complex with grapefruit bitterness mixed with rye spiciness. The medium body ale had average carbonation. Bitterness builds into into the finish for a bristly conclusion to a simple, easy-drinking swallow.
Atom (1668) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours a semi-hazy golden/orange with a large white head. Mild orange citrus aroma with some light rye and malt. Taste of bready caramel malt with rye and hop spice with a solid hop bitterness. Very pleasant pale ale.
Zymurgeist2 (1234) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can to pint glass. Citrus, bubble gum and slight perfume. Pours a slight hazy gold with pristine white head that lingers down the glass. Taste is floral with a creaminess in the finish which is quite nice. Well rounded from the rye adding nice mouthfeel.
Kyle77 (36) - North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From site: Drawn from one of our oldest recipes, Smitten Ale began as part of a series of rye beers at our Eccentric Café. The combination of sharp citrus & resinous flavors from the hops with the earthy, rustic overtones of the rye malt contribution yield an interesting take on the American Pale Ale.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Blairgus (3033) - California, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 Apr 2015, bottle. yellow, clear, no bubbles. nose is light rye malt and lemon citrus. thin body and mildly fizzy. rye malt and lemon rind citrus. pretty good!
Bulk_Carrier (2575) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can stamped on bottom "01/19/15.
This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy golden yellow to orange color with a quickly dissipating one finger white foamy head that left some stringy messy lacing.
The smell had a sharp sweet citrus to piney and grassy hops over top of a light spicy rye malt.
The taste was balanced between the spicy rye malt and light citrus bittering hops. Thereís a lingering bitter sharp citrus aftertaste and leads to a decent sweet finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was there and good for its style and has a nice lingering bitter to sweet citrus sharpness rolling over my tongue.
Overall, I say, either an APA or a Rye Beer, whatever, letís call it a very well done blend. Iíd definitely have it again.
commonmac (603) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Memory Lanes during bowling. Pint glass. Minimal white head with nice lacing. Golden leaning towards orange. Not a lot of aroma but some bitterness and a crisp quality to it. Taste has a healthy grainy quality with the rye bitterness making itself known. Not an overwhelming nature as itís working with some citrus notes. Aftertaste is limited but the grains and lemon peel are the prevailing notes. Nothing complex here. Not smitten...just mildly interested.